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Do you hug and kiss your friends?

I just read this post about hugging and kissing friends on Cup of Jo and it made me laugh a little.

I am definitely a hugger.  Anyone who is my friend is aware of this fact.

I am not so much a cheek kisser.  However, in Mexico, you kiss everyone's cheeks to say hello.  That's their greeting and goodbye.  Just what they do.  

When I first got to Mexico a few weeks ago as I ran into one of my friends on my walk from the taxi to my friend's place where I was staying he immediately went for the cheek kiss and I had completely forgotten about it.  I was pretty caught off guard.

Just a fun note:
-If you are really close with the person: you give them a hug and kiss their cheek.
-If not super close, but you know them at all: handshake while kissing their cheek
-You're just meeting: handshake, but it's always relatively awkward, 'Should I kiss their cheek? No?'

Fast forward to a couple weeks later.  I was out with a couple of my girlfriends and as we were all hugging each other goodbye I totally kissed both their cheeks, just like I would in Mexico.  Haha.  They were definitely caught off guard as this is not something I normally do in the U.S., but I didn't even think about it.  Whoops. :)

Maybe I had a bit of the traditions of Mexico lingering...

Notes:  When you kiss someone on the cheek in Mexico, you do not actually kiss their cheek.  You really only touch cheeks and then kiss the air.
Also, if you have a close friend and they write you a message and say they're sending you many kisses.  This doesn't really mean romantically.  


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